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Qualcomm California Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 364 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 76 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Status readers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    benefits
    work-life balance
    work on good technologies

    Cons

    too many status readers
    dont care about actual work done
    too much politics
    bad people steal your work.

    Advice to Management

    give credit and promote actual working people.


  2. "Senior Staff Hardware Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It offers opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies for cellular network. The group is great and very conducive.

    Cons

    There is limited growth opportunity due to large groups. The projects are too large taking years to finish, before you are assigned to a new project. I feel compensation can be improved.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Staff hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly colleagues and managers, very easy to communicate and offer help when needed.
    Great benefits, especially the health plan

    Cons

    Poor work- life balance, too much work on too few resources’ shoulder. People are leaving, at least partially due to the large amount of work, endless meeting, late night conference calls and etc. Meeting scheduled for 1 or 2 hour usually ends up taking more than four hours in the evening time with Asian team. Don’t expect to take fallibly responsibility such as pick up kids from school and etc if you work in the hardware ( especially the chip) team.

    When people are leaving, no new resource is in and the people retain has more in his plate, until he got burn out and also decides to leave, this forms a poor loop..

    Too complicated design flow. Even re-use an IP and doesn’t make any change, the long checking list from design review is impossible to finish during normal hours, not talking about new IP development. Mid management continues to add items on the checking list to address new poped up bugs in product, without adding new resource, they just want to make sure new items are added that can catch the bug, don’t care how much more execution work added on engineers. And they don’t ever consider some items on the check list is not necessary and can be removed/replaces by the new added ones. The results are the list getting longer and longer, engineers who execute the work are more and more overloaded, until burn out.

    Compensation is, if not poor, at least not good. Compensation is competitive if compared with average semiconductor industry, but since Qualcomm looks itself as tier one semiconductor company, HR should compare the compensation with top companies such as Apple, Broadcom, TI and etc. Before joining QCOM, I worked for another large IC company in a low cost state, my first year package after graduation is more than the first year at Qcom, when I already have couple years experience. Ironic, right? At 2015 year end, after one year hard working, bonus is only 3 digit number, yes, you read correctly... this is in San Diego, a high living cost place.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the engineering flow or hire more resource
    Reduce the number of meetings, and accurately control the meeting time.
    Raise compensation to the level that tier one IC company pays
    CEO seems quite technical but lacks business vision.


  4. "One of the best companies if you are hungry to learn and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenges, responsibilities, very tight project/feature deadines

    Cons

    too much work, difficult to have work life balance

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (2)

    "The company has no vision, with the very top execs making the most profits before it collapses"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Still one of the better benefits among the companies in San Diego
    -Lots of talented people (though most who were smart enough, or could, have already left)

    Cons

    Reeks of greed. CONSTANT downgrades in everything compared to what it was in the last 10 years... from the quality of toilet paper, removal of reverse osmosis water filters, health plan, Qualstar ($100 peer rewards down to $50), removing access to JCC gyms, charging $4 monthly for 401K, canceling end-of-the-year parties, etc.
    The IT department at Qualcomm used to be world-class. They've outsourced it and nowadays it's a total waste of time; "let me research that" is a typical answer when you ask IT a question - total waste of resources. Laptop refreshers take 5+ years and engineers get stuck with old, outdated equipment. CEO & Jacobs each took $59 million in bonus a few years ago when employees were getting laid off. HR typically shows you their middle finger if you ask for a market adjustment (I'm at 92% according to them, and I asked for one - they gave me %0.1 raise ... yes, that's tenth of 1 percent). Initially when they downgraded the health plan a few years ago, the physical flyers that were mailed to us read something along the lines of "the details of your health plan UPGRADE"... downright twisted. All that said, HR is making promotions beyond Staff level very difficult to impossible - good luck with that career growth if you join

    Advice to Management

    C-levels, don't be so greedy!


  6. "Principal Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn. Good overall culture. Great benefits, especially for mid to higher level employees.

    Cons

    A bit too much hierarchy. Management seems to have grown a bit too comfortable with their advanced position and could perhaps be more aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    The company is a great shape but has to be more aggressive, requesting more of the employees in terms of innovative contributions to continue maintaining their advance technological position.


  7. "Internship review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation. Decent perks.

    Cons

    Managers take the final review call even if other peer reviews are excellent. So you have to keep your manager updated which each and every small thing.

    Advice to Management

    Too much power in hands of managers.

  8. "Not a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many things can be done

    Cons

    Lots of management politics. Too much lay off going on.


  9. "Great Intern Program, Poor Internal Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Many intern activities. Above average pay. San Diego is an awesome city to spend a summer in.

    Cons

    Intern Project depends on teams. Some could be trivial.
    Traditional work environment. The only thing free is coffee.
    Too many meetings.
    Lack of drive among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy


  10. "Senior Program Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Program Analysts in RFFE are provided tremendous opportunities to prove capabilities and learn the operations process at Qualcomm.

    Cons

    Stakeholders sometimes do not understand the complexity behind executing operations. There's politics that can interfere with cross-department collaboration and execution.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear mission statement and execution plan to managers, who communicate it to their subordinates.


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